New fencing designed to deter terrorist attempts is being installed around all the major bridges on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
The 8-foot fences are part of a $7 million project funded by the federal Department of Homeland Security.
The fencing will be an effective deterrent, according to retired Newark police lieutenant Jim O’Connor is a security consultant and certified anti-terrorism specialist.
“Currently everything is open in certain areas, which makes checking that infrastructure difficult because you’re just driving by and it’s an open area,” said O’Connor, now a security consultant and certified anti-terrorism specialist.
“This fencing that’s put in is not something you can just easily cut and can get into. It’s got a strong base. It’s wired so, as a security officer or a local police officer or state trooper is driving by, if there’s a problem with the fence, he’ll be able to tell immediately,” he said.
O’Connor says the fencing could help prevent terrorists from blowing up a bridge or causing other extensive damage.
“All it takes is one incident where they blow up a bridge or blow up a tunnel or something along that line and we’d be out of action for a year or two to put the thing back together,” he said.